Runners return to Wisconsin after witnessing Boston Marathon bombing
MILWAUKEE -- 444 Wisconsin runners were registered for the Boston Marathon, and only 356 of them made it across the finish line. CBS 58 was there when several of those runners returned to their families.
Runner Therese Kern says, "It's good to be home. It was very scary. I finished running and then minutes later the bombs went off and I saw the poofs of smoke coming up and it was very chaotic, and minutes later there was a stampede of people coming down the road trying to get away from everything.
Kelly Corteen also finished the race before the explosions, and she couldn't be more thankful about the timing. She says, "the thing that's making me shake right now is that my mom was standing in the exact same spot waiting for me at the finish line. So had I been slower, had I been in the last wave. It's gonna make me cry. It just freaks me out. I'm just happy to be home."
Some runners returning to Milwaukee were just yards away, and could not talk about it. They were visibly overwhelmed with emotion, and preferred not to speak.
While most runners agree it was a traumatizing experience, they won't let the bombing keep them away from future marathons. Runner Lauri Winkleman says, "The environment of runners all joining together for lots of different reasons, personal or fundraising, is really inspiring. And I think this will only strengthen the running community, and bring them together."
CBS 58 continues to speak with runners as they return back to Wisconsin. Monitor CBS 58.com and CBS 58 News for more updates on this story.